Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Kindle Fire Review

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

OK, ever since I got my Kindle Fire, people have been asking for my review. I’ve had it for a month and a half now so here it goes.

Bottom line: I like it. It’s perfect for what I want. First, I like the size. I think I like the size better than I would the larger tablets that are out there. It’s much more portable. I’ve been able to put in my pocket as I was walking around. Second, the battery life is better than I expected. I’ve only charged it three times. Now, I don’t use it daily. I use it pretty regularly but not every day. The Amazon App store is quite comprehensive. I have yet to come across an app I want that’s not available. Finally, it’s a great e-reader. That’s mainly what I was looking for when I bought it. I wanted an e-reader that was compatible with Kindle books I already own. But, I didn’t want solely an e-reader. I wanted a tablet so that I had the ability to do more than just read.

There was an unexpected bonus to the Kindle Fire. The first week I owned it I went to London for a conference. The first day I was there my laptop crashed. That was incredibly frustrating for many reasons. One of the main reasons, however, was that I was planning on taking notes on the computer. I never carry a pen and paper with me anymore. I even to my daily Bible reading and journaling digitally. The Kindle Fire turned out to be a great note-taking device. I use Evernote for all my note taking. I was unsure about the touchscreen keyboard. I’m one of those weird people that still like to feel the keys when I type. I had very few problems taking notes on the Kindle Fire using the touchscreen keyboard. The only think I don’t like about the keyboard is where the period is in relation to the spacebar. I typically use my right thumb to press the spacebar and on the Kindle Fire I find myself hitting the period a lot instead of space.

Overall the Kindle Fire is a great device. There are a couple things that I would like to see improved. My only real frustration is the lack of connection between the books and social media. I don’t know if there’s a copyright issue, but there are often times I’d like to post a quote from the book I’m reading to Facebook or Twitter. There is no way to do that with the Kindle Fire. I can cut and paste with the Kindle App on my Mac Book so it seems to me that the same functionality should be available on the Kindle. The other thing I’d like to do is move smoothly between apps. It’s a little thing but, it’s frustrating to have to go to the homescreen when I want to go to another app. I was using my Kindle Fire during one an Agape Community Gathering. Because I couldn’t seamlessly switch between a book and my Bible app I had to pull out my phone so that I could have both my Bible and the book I was using during our gathering. The other thing I don’t like is the location of the power button. It doesn’t make sense to have the power button on the bottom. I was using it as my Bible when I was speaking at a church and it powered down when I set it on the stand and I didn’t notice until I picked it up to read from it. (Fortunately I had the Bible text printed in my notes so I was able move on pretty quickly.) Yes, the screen automatically adjusts orientation but the opening screen to unlock the device is static. It’s a minor thing but it was incredibly inconvenient at the worst possible time for me.

If you’re looking for an e-reader that will provide additional functionality, the Kindle Fire is a great choice.


Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

A lot of people think that connecting with God is like connecting with someone through Facebook. You do a search and find God’s Facebook page. Then request Him as a friend. Facebook sends God an email asking Him whether or not He’ll accept you or not. You presume that He will. But you don’t know. He might block you and you’re never really sure if he’s going to block you or not.

God’s not like Facebook. He’s more like Twitter. You find his Twitter page and start following Him. There’s no waiting for approval. We automatically start hearing from Him as He sends out tweets. He Tweets regularly through the Bible and the Holy Spirit. He’s always communicating, always sharing. We can log on and read His tweets or ignore them.

That’s the way most people treat twitter and the way most people treat God. We log on when we’re bored. Check out what’s going on. Or we just tweet incessantly and ignore what everyone else is saying. We talk at God and call it prayer but don’t take time to listen to Him and hear what He has to say. Like Twitter, to really appreciate God you’ve got to take some time to stop tweeting and start reading, stop talking and start listening.

Take some time today and make a point to listen to God. He’s got a lot to say to you.

How Twitter is Helping Me Grow Closer to God

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Yes, you read that right. Twitter is having a significant positive impact on my spiritual journey. No one is more surprised by that than me. I kind of got dragged into Twitter. I checked it out a couple of months ago and thought it was a complete waste of time. No one cares what I’m doing right now and I really don’t care what they’re doing either. Well… that was how I felt then. I opened the account and ignored it. I was following one person who never posted a tweet. Then a couple of my friends started following me. I felt pressure to start putting something up for them to follow.

Then I discovered that there are people in Twitterworld that actually had something worth saying. I started following more an more people. Then I found this little application called Alert Thingy. Now everyone’s tweets and facebook statuses pop up almost as soon as they’re posted. That made Twitter much more accessible. Throughout the day I started seeing people post prayer reqests or not even requests but information that was worth praying over. The I started following @StJohnChrysostum. I’m still not sure why a dead guy needs Twitter. Okay, actually @StJohnChrysostum is a ministry that tweets one line prayers originally attributed to John Chrysostum every hour. A nice little reminder throughout the day. Then I started following ministries like International Justice Mission or the Not For Sale Campaign among others. They tweet different things both praise worthy and in need of intercession. I found myself praying for them as well. I’d like to say that I’ve gotten to the point that I “pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:17 TNIV), thanks to Twitter. I’m not there, but I do pray more now. It’s cool how God works when you pray. The more you pray, the more you believe that God is there and actually listening to your prayers. The more you believe God is there and listening to your prayers the more you pray. It’s an awesome vicious circle.

If you’re not on Twitter, you should check it out. If you are on Twitter, let me know about your experience and try following: